Hi, I'm Michiko.
I'm a national certified English tour guide.Since I was born and raised in Nara, I'm familiar with the sightseeing spots and attractions of Nara, and neighboring city, Kyoto.
Nara and Kyoto, old capitals of Japan, retain time honoured structures and art works. What is more, beautiful gardens and picturesque landscapes are always waiting for you!
I'm also a traveler who especially love to explore local foods and crafts, which have been passed down from generation to generation.
I'll try to guide you with best hospitality. When you have a chance to visit Nara,Kyoto and Osaka, please contact me anytime and join my tour!
I will be looking forward to seeing you.See you soon!
The prices below are for a private tour for you and your partner, family or friends.
Up to 5 people
* Duration: 3 hours minimum and 8 hours maximum per day.
* People: 5 maximum
Yes! If you need to make changes such as removing or adding someone to your booking or changing the date or time of your tour, contact us by phone or email
After you secure your booking, the starting and ending points of your tour can be customized to your convenience (ex.: your hotel, nearby stations, etc.). Don't worry, we will take care of you! Some tours may have an extra fee for this service, make sure to check the tour page.
After booking a tour, the guide will accept (or decline) your booking within 24 hours. Then you will be noticed by email from Triplelights.
The price is charged per group. Which means that you make a one-time payment for your entire group and the price will not change if it is less or more people.
Some guides accept extra people (more than the specified number) for an extra charge. Please check for the extras on the tour or booking page, or contact your guide directly to clarify.
No. Your tour is private, only for you and your family or friends, there will be no other group of tourists together in your tour.
Yes, but there will be additional charge for that and it is not by car. The guide will go pick you up using public transportations. For further details, please contact your guide directly.
Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.
The initial contact with Michiko put me immediately at ease. Her personality is such that anyone would feel comfortable and have full confidence.
Hi, Wayne Thank you for your warm comment. I'm glad to hear you enjoyed the tea ceremony. I also enjoyed talking with you and walking around Naramachi town & Isuien garden. I include the drama, "Chushingura" in my list to see. I hope we can talk about it next time you visit Japan. See you then! Michiko
I recently visited Kyoto for 3 days with my Mother and Son and thanks to Michiko, we were able to see and experience so much more then we could have ever achieved by ourselves! Michiko was absolutely wonderful to liaise with throughout the planning of our tour and her guidance was very valuable in terms of getting the most out of our limited time! She helped to tailor an incredible day tour we will never forget! Michiko is very kind and accommodating and nothing was too much trouble, even at the end of the day when we opted to make a minor change to our tour, she was more than happy to work around this. At the end of the day, Michiko ensured that we knew how to get back to our hotel safely (having travelled some distance away from this). She is very knowledgeable and was able to answe... read more
Thank you for giving me such a warm comment. I was so happy to see you enjoy every moment of one autumn day in Kyoto and Nara. I was also impressed that all of you had deep love for nature and animal as well as culture and history. I can't forget your son finding a freshwater crab on the way back from Monkey Park! Monkeys, deer and even crabs must have been glad to see you all.I hope you will come back again and explore more in Japan!
Had an amazing day and learned a lot more than I thought I would. Michiko is an excellent and knowledgeable guide who was very patient as I kept stopping to take photos and videos of deer! Highly recommend Michiko as a guide.
Thank you for sending me a wonderful review. I was so moved by your affection toward animals and sharp insights on cultural difference. I hope you will come back again. The deer are also eagerly waiting for you!
We've never hired a guide before, but thought this would be a good choice since we don't speak a word of Japanese and wanted to experience some local culture. Michiko was the perfect guide for us. Not only was she knowledgable about the area, but Michiko was also able to track down some things that I wanted to do that would not have been available to me, if I had looked for them on my own. First, she connected me with a fabulous old farmhouse stay in Nara Prefecture (with outstanding breakfast and dinner included) before she was even hired. And then she took us for a natural dying experience where we got to make and keep our own scarves. Afterwards, she introduced us to a young farming family where we enjoyed a delicious lunch and walk through terraced rice fields. It was a memorable exper... read more
Thank you for your wonderful review. I'm glad the tour left deep impression on you. Although we didn't visit so called famous tourist spots, we had another great time meeting local people and experiencing the traditional Japanese culture in the countryside. The tour with your family expanded my horizon, too! Looking forward to seeing you all soon!
Excellent service I will be back for her service and knowledge.
Thank you for sending me a wonderful review. I was so lucky to guide such a happy family. I hope to see you and your family someday in the future!